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Seven Years Old and Preparing for Baptism

4.41  ·  Rating details ·  17 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
As a seven-year-old boy, George Durrant had several meaningful experiences when he was preparing for baptism. Each of these experiences helped him learn a different gospel principle that strengthened his testimony of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. Now as a grandfather, he has written and illustrated this delightful book about that year in his life. He says, "The stor ...more
Paperback, 60 pages
Published April 10th 2007 by Brigham Distributing
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Dec 16, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: childrens, nonfiction
Caveat: This was given to us as a gift. It's not the kind of book I'd normally pick up on my own.

I enjoyed the writing style here. Durrant writes in a conversational, easy-to-read way with simple language many seven-year-olds would be able to read by themselves.

I also enjoyed the historical tidbits -- half-day school for second grade? Super-interesting.

As a book on baptism, I found it a bit odd. "Why does Heavenly Father want us to be eight before we get baptized? This book tells us why," Durran
Mar 27, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I gave this book a five because it is wonderful at accomplishing exactly what I hoped it would! We have several books about baptism but they are all more of a lecture and loose the young child right from the start. Not this one, George is a wonderful story teller and uses dialog that pulls young children in. He uses stories that happened to him during his young life to isslustrate how Heavenly Father was teaching him the things he needed to understand before he made the commitment to be baptized ...more
Jun 04, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: LDS families with baptism-age children
Recommended to Jana by: George himself gave me a copy!
George is a great storyteller. He has this low-key, self-effacing sense of humor which immediately draws you in.
This book is wonderful-- I read it to my youngest son when he was seven, about to turn eight, and it was the sweetest experience. We laughed and cried together. There is nothing preachy or didactic here, just these excellent character-building stories that subtly point to why developmentally eight is the ideal age for baptism.

I promptly ordered them for every 7-year-old in our ward pr
Oct 05, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: mason-read
I read this book to my son, who is preparing for baptism. He liked it, and really connected with most of the the stories. There were a few stories I didn't like, however, because I don't think they adequately (or appropriately in one case) conveyed the topics they were about. But on the whole, I think this book is a good option if you're looking for something for your child. Although it is geared towards boys (there are other things, but most notably, the chapter on prayer is about the priesthoo ...more
May 31, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I gave this a five because it fulfilled the intent for which I bought it. I wanted to read it to my children as my son prepared to be bapized. There are a variety of stories from George Durrant's childhood that he shares- each one taught him something and prepared him to be baptized and keep the covenants made. My children ages 7, 5 and 3 all enjoyed listening to the stories and wanted me to read them again.
Jun 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is a cute book. It has 11 chapters and each chapter is a story from the author's childhood (when he was 7) about different topics: compassion, honesty, honoring his parents, loyalty, prayer, etc.

The kids and I enjoyed it.
May 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
We bought this for my son's baptism and gave it to him right before, great book for children right before they are baptized at age 8.
Jan 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I loved reading this with my 7 year-old. It was written so well for this exact age.
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I liked this book because it told me how to prepare for baptism.
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